Getting Started with Paint.NET

Getting Started with Paint.NET
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Table of Contents
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  • Quick and simple tutorials designed to help you master Paint.NET in minutes
  • Create photo edits that rival advanced photo software for free.
  • Tutorials on advanced techniques written with simple instructions designed for readers with any level of computer knowledge

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 136 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : December 2013
ISBN : 1783551437
ISBN 13 : 9781783551439
Author(s) : Andros T. Sturgeon, Shoban Kumar
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Welcome to Paint.NET
Chapter 2: The Paint.NET Workspace
Chapter 3: The Tools in Paint.NET
Chapter 4: Image Resizing and Editing
Chapter 5: Adjustments
Chapter 6: Working with Effects
Chapter 7: Working with Layers
Chapter 8: Supercharging Paint.NET
    • Chapter 2: The Paint.NET Workspace
      • Opening and saving an image
      • Work area windows
        • The title bar
        • The menu bar
        • The toolbar
        • The image canvas
        • The Colors window
        • The status bar
        • The Layers window
        • The History window
        • The image list
      • File types
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: The Tools in Paint.NET
        • Selection tools
          • Rectangle Select (shortcut key S)
          • Lasso Select (shortcut key S)
          • Ellipse Select (shortcut key S)
          • Selection modes
            • Replace
            • Add (union)
            • Subtract
            • Intersect
            • Invert ("xor")
          • Magic Wand (shortcut key S)
            • Flood Mode
        • Move tools
          • Move Selected Pixels (shortcut key M)
          • Move Selection (shortcut key M)
        • View tools
          • Zoom (shortcut key Z)
          • Pan (shortcut key H)
        • Fill tools
          • Paint Bucket (shortcut key F)
            • Fill
            • Antialiasing
            • Blending
          • Gradient (shortcut key G)
        • Drawing tools
          • Paintbrush (shortcut key B)
          • Eraser (shortcut key E)
          • Pencil (shortcut key P)
        • Photo tools
          • Color Picker (shortcut key K)
          • Clone Stamp (shortcut key L)
          • Recolor (shortcut key R)
        • Text and Shape tools
          • Text (shortcut key T)
          • Line/Curve (shortcut key O)
            • Geometric shapes
          • Rectangle (shortcut key O)
          • Rounded Rectangle (shortcut key O)
          • Ellipse (shortcut key O)
          • Freeform Shape (shortcut key O)
        • The Colors window
        • Retouching a photo
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Image Resizing and Editing
          • Rotating an image
          • Cropping an image
          • Resizing an image
            • Changing the image size
            • Resizing a canvas
            • Anchor points
          • Selecting an area
            • Selecting with the Magic Wand tool
            • Moving, cutting, or changing the selected areas
            • Selecting with the Lasso tool
          • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Adjustments
            • Auto-Level (Ctrl + Shift + L)
              • Now you try
            • Black and White (Ctrl + Shift + G)
              • Now you try
            • Brightness/Contrast (Ctrl + Shift + C)
            • Curves (Ctrl + Shift + M)
              • The Curves interface
              • Multichannel adjustments
            • Hue/Saturation (Ctrl + Shift + U)
            • Invert Colors (Ctrl + Shift + I)
            • Levels (Ctrl + L)
            • Posterize (Ctrl + Shift + P)
            • Sepia (Ctrl + Shift + E)
            • Summary
            • Chapter 6: Working with Effects
              • Artistic effects
                • Ink Sketch
                • Oil Painting
                • Pencil Sketch
              • Blurs effects
                • Fragment
                • Gaussian Blur
                • Motion Blur
                • Radial Blur
                • Surface Blur
                • Unfocus
                • Zoom Blur
              • Distort effects
                • Bulge
                • Dents
                • Frosted Glass
                • Pixelate
                • Polar Inversion
                • Tile Reflection
                • Twist
                • Noise
                • Add Noise
              • Photo effects
                • Glow
                • Red Eye Removal
                • Sharpen
                • Soften Portrait
              • Render effects
                • Clouds
                • Julia Fractal
                • Mandelbrot Fractal
              • Stylize effects
                • Edge Detect
                • Emboss
                • Outline
                • Relief
              • Summary
                • Chapter 8: Supercharging Paint.NET
                  • Plugins in Paint.NET
                  • Getting plugins
                  • Helping yourself if you get stuck
                    • Help
                    • Forum
                      • Tutorials
                  • The top five Paint.NET plugins
                    • Pyrochild plugins
                    • MadJik' all plugins
                    • BoltBait's plugin pack
                    • The Photoshop PSD file plugin
                    • The dpy's pack
                  • How you can improve Paint.NET
                  • Summary

                Andros T. Sturgeon

                Andros T. Sturgeon is an average-sized human. His business card says that he is a futurist. He lives in Southern California, developing interactive experiences and original content for the Web. He is the founder of a transmedia agency named Starchild Interactive.

                You can find out more about him via Google by searching for Andros Sturgeon or Starchild Interactive or by visiting

                This is his first book.

                Shoban Kumar

                Shoban Kumar currently works as a SharePoint consultant. In his free time, he develops open source desktop applications and Windows Phone apps. You can view all of his apps on his site at

                He is an active contributor to the Stack Overflow forums and also runs a SharePoint blog at

                You can follow him on Twitter via @shobankr.

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                What you will learn from this book

                • Acquire Paint.NET for free, install it, and use it
                • Get acquainted with the Paint.NET work area and all of its functions
                • Become an expert in resizing and editing images
                • Use built-in effects to change the look of your photos and images like a pro
                • Work with layers to create amazing complex images
                • Add plug-ins that will increase the functionality of Paint.NET
                • Understand the tools within Paint.NET and how to use them to bend pixels to your will

                In Detail

                Paint.NET is a free, reliable program that rivals the most expensive photo editing programs currently on the market.Paint.NET supports plugins, which add image adjustments, effects, and support for additional file types. They can be programmed using any .NET programming language, though they are most commonly written in C#.

                This book will teach you everything you need to know to edit and manipulate images. Written with very clear walkthroughs, hands-on tutorials,and amazing resources, this book will turn you into a photo wizard with Paint.NET. The book starts with simple tool-based tasks, introduces you to the workpane and then builds up to more complex areas taking a deep dive into the commonly-used features of Paint.NET.

                With this book, you will learn how to do everything from making simple adjustments to full artistic rendering with tools not available in any other program. Starting with the very basics of photo editing, you will gain an understanding of the basic principles of manipulating images. From layering to special effects, this book will give you all the knowledge you need to create images that leave a lasting impression.

                This book has everything you need to make amazing, artistic photos using completely free software. Filled with fun exercises and valuable information, you will learn how to master every tool and every effect in Paint.NET. Within minutes, you will be able to resize images, make adjustments to brightness and contrast, and apply color correction. By the end of this book, you will be working with layers and effects to create images that rival some of the most advised and expensive pieces of software.

                With simple exercises and information, this book will take you from absolute novice to an accomplished photo editor quickly and easily.


                This book follows a tutorial-based approach and is packed with examples in a compact and concise format.

                Who this book is for

                If you have ever wanted to create photos and images that go beyond simple point and shoot results, then this book is for you. This book will help you create artistic images in ways that are only limited by your imagination. No prior knowledge of photo editing or editing software is required.

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